The Thai Animal Sanctuary in Thailand, a haven of hope for abused animals, has been hit hard by the rainy season washing away walls and damaging infrastructure. Despite this setback, the sanctuary continues to rescue animals in need.
“This rainy season has devastated the sanctuary causing terrible hardship. I don’t know if this because of climate change, but I do know that the weather is a massive problem,” said Network for Animals (NFA) Paul Seigel, who visited the sanctuary. “NFA is sending emergency funding so the sanctuary can make repairs and provide urgent care for the animals who live there,” he added.
The sanctuary is located on the remote hills of Western Thailand and among the animals saved is Hans, who was discovered by a monk at a temple. Her bones were protruding from what remained of her left front leg and her right foot was mangled too. The Thai Animal Sanctuary does not have money for an X-ray machine and veterinarians initially thought she had chewed her feet away.
“We later discovered most of the bones in her right foot were shattered. We think this happy, loving girl was hit really hard on both feet,” says sanctuary manager Denise Emsley.
Hans required extensive and costly surgery and treatment, for vets to save what was left of her front legs. Now she needs a prosthetic limb and NFA is trying to raise funds to help. “Our challenge is that the devastation caused by the rains has to be fixed and we are struggling to provide enough funding,” said Seigel. “We are doing our best but we could really use some help.”